Sydney Hope Brown Hennan

Sydney Hope Brown Hennan was born in Great Harwood, Lancashire in 1907.

He was the only son of John Brown and Gertrude Annie Hennan.

His father, John Brown Hennan, was a dentist at 83 Bradford Street, Bolton.

Sydney married Elsie Rothwell in Bolton in 1934 and they had one daughter, Gail Hennan, born in 1939.


Sydney's War

Sydney served in the RAF as a Flight Sergeant Engineer. He was attached to 466 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force operating from, East Yorkshire,

On 22 January 1944 his aircraft (Halifax HX312), was shot down while returning from a raid on Magdeburg, Germany by an ME110 night-fighter flown by Oberleutnant Hans-Heinz Augenstein. It crashed at De Lutte (Overijssel)in the Netherlands, a village on the Dutch-German border.

Five of the crew were killed, including Sydney, and two others were captured.


Bolton Journal and Guardian
4 February 1944

Airman Missing

Flight-Sergt Engineer Sydney Hope Brown Hennon (37) RAF, 4 Doyle-st, Hunger Hill, Bolton, is missing on air operations. Before joining the Forces early in 1941 he was employed keeping book stalls at Bolton, Farnworth and Atherton markets. A former Church Institute boy, Flight-Sergt Hennon was a member of the Bolton Harriers and the Smithills football club.

Bolton Journal and Guardian
6 October 1944

In Raid on Magdeburg

Sergt. Flight-Engineer Sydney Hope Brown Hennan (37) 4, Doyle-rd, Bolton , previously reported as missing is now reported killed in a raid on Magdeburg in January 1944. He joined the RAF early in 1941. He was a member of Bolton Harriers and Smithills Football Club. He was educated at Bolton Church Institute School.



Sydney Hope Brown Hennan

Sydney Hope Brown Hennan

Flight Sergeant Engineer): 1028076

466 (RAAF) Squadron
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Born: Great Harwood, Lancashire 1907

Died: 22 January 1944

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